Spearfish School District District 40-2
Spearfish, SD  

School Board Minutes
February 12, 2007

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF SPEARFISH SCHOOL DISTRICT 40-2, LAWRENCE COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, WAS HELD AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUILDING ON THE 12TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2007. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: President Royer, Vice President Steen, Krogstad, Sleep, and Aslesen. Administration present were: Peters, Crosswait, Comer, Morford, Seyer, Riedel, Olson, and Soriano. Also present were: Jan Kaus, Nick & Terri Pope, Hunter Comer, Carol Sander, Roxi Bierschenk, Megan Bietz, Paula Farley, Jared Jankord, Chuck Standen, Steve Gabriel, Lynnett Rotert, Janet Olson, Ethan Olson, Connie Sheahan, Greg, Patti, Brandon, & Carman Diaz, David & Sheila Hansen, Laura West, TJ Gusso, Nadene, Brady, & Boyce Harr, Carol Coburn, Leesa Haugland, Danita Klinkel, Sherri Ewing, Toni Lyke, Tammy & Shounda McDaniel, Bernie Krambeck, Patrick Gainey, Judy Adam, Kathy Christensen, Penny Lensegrav, Rick Jones, Traci Young, Vaughn Heckel, Pam Gillespie, Bonnie Langum, Patti Mundt, Judy Schurrer, Nona Rath, Kris Hayes, Diane Wendt, Pamela Waterson, Tyler Waterson, Annie Heltzel, L Merchen, Janice Koski, Dawn Edwards, Darlene Kaye Telkamp, Annette Johnson, Darlene Thompson, Ellie Cooch, Jean Reede, and Angela Massa.

All motions were passed by unanimous vote unless stated otherwise.

President Royer called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

Royer led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the agenda with one addition.

Scheduled/unscheduled audience:
Toby Morris Northland Securities presented the district with an award in recognition of achieving a triple A capital outlay certificate rating and an upgrade to double A on its general obligation bond. The capital outlay rating and the general obligation bond rating upgrade will mean lower cost of issuance for bonds or certificates.

West Elementary Principal, Paul Soriano, introduced Roxi Bierschenk and Carol Sander and their students who shared information on publishing a book (Bierschenk’s Bunch Goes Buggy) and Carol’s student work on learning, reciting and illustrating poetry.

East Elementary Principal, Dan Olson, introduced teachers Jared Jankord, and Judy Adam who with their students shared some of their classroom writing projects.

High School Principal, Steve Morford, recognized Pat Gainey and Scott Howard for their selection for National Honor Roll’s Outstanding Teacher Awards, which are based on student nominations.

Steve Morford also recognized Bernie Krambeck for her National Board Teaching Standards Certification.

Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Steen and carried to approve the second reading and adoption of proposed changes in existing School Board Policies - Anti Harassment Policy (4101/5130) Student Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Abuse Policy (5105).
Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the Tennis Court lease agreement.
Superintendent, Dave Peters, presented information on the school calendar for the coming year which included a request from the high school for an earlier start to end the first semester before the Christmas break. The Board gave tentative approval. Community responses will be solicited over the next month.

Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the hiring of Tobin Barnes.

Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Sleep and carried to amend the minutes of the December 12th, 2006 board meeting. The minutes will reflect the change that states Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Steen and carried to take a five minute break after which the meeting was called to executive session so the Board President and the attorneys could determine who could attend the hearing of two grievances that were filed. The session was allowed to remain open to the public.

Motion was made by Aslesen, no second, to move the Superintendent’s contract from the consent agenda to executive session for further discussion.

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the consent agenda. Aye: Steen, Sleep, Krogstad Nay: Royer, Aslesen
       A. Approved existing administrative and supervisory assignments/personnel for 2007-08
            1. Dave Peters, Superintendent
            2. Craig Crosswait, Business Manager
            3. Steve Morford, HS Principal
            4. Jim Seyer, Assistant HS Principal
            5. Tom Riedel, MS Principal
            6. Dan Olson, East Elementary Principal
            7. Paul Soriano, West Elementary Principal
            8. Robert Daczewitz, Technology Coordinator
            9. Karen Hahn, Activities Director
          10. Doug Deppe, Buildings and Grounds
       B. Approved certificates of exemption for 2 middle school and 4 high school students. (code 006-0212-102 - 006-0212-107)
       C. Personnel (all hires contingent on successful completion of background check)
            1. Approved requests for Voluntary Separation Incentive as per Board Policy 4450, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year for the following:
                a. Sue Hall-Martin, 3rd Grade Teacher
                b. Tim Gusso, HS Technology Teacher
                c. Jean Reede, HS Math Teacher
           2. Approved Chuck Syverson, HS Intramural Coach, Level 3, $1,248
           3. Accepted resignations from the following:
               a. Alisa Doolan, HS ESP, effective February 2nd, 2007
               b. Annie Heltzel, MS Girls Basketball and Volleyball
               c. Lori Jeffery, MS Girls Basketball
          4. Approved the following classified positions:
              a. Mary Burket     temp East Elem lunch duty                                                  $7.00/hr.       effective 1/11/07
              b. Lucas Bruns      temp East Elem lunch duty                                                  $7.00/hr.       effective 2/13/07
              c. James Pierce     MS Custodian           8hr/day       12 months       Level 5     $8.78/hr      effective 1/29/07
              d. Linda Harvey    MS ESP-SPED        6.5 hr/day      9 months       Level 4     $8.28/hr.     effective 2/06/07
              e. Anna Gusse      HS ESP-SPED         6.5 hr/day      9 months       Level 3     $7.88/hr.     effective 2/20/07

Superintendent, Dave Peters, outlined the insurance fund discussion that was held with interested staff members.

High School Principal, Steve Morford, updated the Board on the laptop initiative program.

Superintendent Peters also discussed the availability of the school alumni list that has recently come under the district’s control.

Superintendent Peters recently held a School/Community Improvement Council meeting and relayed those discussions to the Board.

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the January 8th minutes. Aye: Royer, Steen, Sleep, Krogstad Abstained: Aslesen

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the bills and financial statement.

Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Steen and carried to move into executive session in preparation of contract negotiations.

The Board came out of executive session at 8:15 p.m., the regular meeting resumed.

Motion was made Sleep, seconded by Steen and carried to state that SEA has waived the formal board hearing on grievance number two about salaries. I move to authorize Lester Nies as legal counsel to represent the school district at the South Dakota Department of Labor if SEA elects to take the grievance to Pierre. Aye: Royer, Steen, Sleep, Krogstad Nay: Aslesen

Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Sleep and carried to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.

Dr. Randall Royer, President ________________________________________

Craig Crosswait, Business Manager ___________________________________


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